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We're experts at what we do so you don't have to be. But there's a lot to consider when making decisions about dental treatment, and you have a right to feel fully informed and have all your questions answered.
At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we're firm believers in educating our patients about the benefits of a healthy smile, so your questions are very important to us. We encourage your questions because we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient!
Here are a few of the questions we hear most frequently. Please give us a call if you're looking for other answers that you don't see here. A friendly member of our team will be happy to help you.
Crowns & Bridges
Yes, in some situations.
While a dental crown is not enough by itself to replace an entire missing tooth, our Fairfax dentist uses crowns for teeth to complete other dental restorations.
If you have a missing tooth, a crown can work alongside a dental implant or a dental bridge to strengthen and support your smile.
Dental Crowns Replace Missing Teeth on Implants
Dental implants consist of three individual components that join together to form one durable, reliable restoration.
The crown is the portion of the dental implant that you can see, as the titanium post is below the gum line, and the metal abutment is covered up. Crowns for teeth help dental implants look and feel natural, and they are the component that comes into contact with your food when you chew.
Dental Crowns Replace Missing Teeth on Dental Bridges
Dental bridges help “bridge” a space between natural teeth. When you lose a tooth, a bridge can fill in the gap left behind using a false tooth called a “pontic.”
A dental bridge can have one pontic or several pontics, and the pontic always rests between two neighboring dental crowns. These crowns can be from natural teeth if those teeth are healthy enough, but the tooth crowns can also be artificial dental restorations that Dr. Fairfax attaches to your natural teeth or even to a dental implant post.
If you have additional questions about dental crowns in Fairfax, VA, please contact our dental office today at (703) 273-1033.
If you are missing one tooth or more than one that are adjacent to each other, Dr. Cerina Fairfax might recommend a dental bridge. This oral appliance is a tooth replacement option that literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth are missing.
We have many patients who opt for dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Most of our patients opt for a dental bridge that consists of one or more false teeth that are held in place by two dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are called abutment teeth.
A dental bridge is one of the options our Fairfax, VA dental office might recommend for tooth replacement. It’s important to replace missing teeth because not doing so can put your remaining teeth at risk. When there is a gap in your smile, the teeth in your mouth have a tendency to shift in order to fill in the space—much like books on a bookshelf will move when one book is pulled out of place. If you don’t replace missing teeth, your ability to chew properly is compromised and your bite can become out of alignment. This can lead to the loss of more teeth.
To find out more about dental bridges in Fairfax, VA, give us a call at Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry.
A dental crown is a type of restoration that is usually recommended to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth. It is designed to surround your existing tooth structure, restoring function and appearance.
There are several cases where a dental crown would be an appropriate option:
- Severe decay or infection has compromised the strength of the tooth
- Root canal treatment has left a tooth weak and brittle
- A tooth has already had multiple fillings and needs protection
- Teeth grinding has worn down a tooth and impacts your dental bite